Dan Lentell talks with angling writer Charles Rangeley-Wilson about Silt Road the natural as well as social history of an idyllic Buckinghamshire river disappearing under the pressure of the very urban expansion to which it gave birth.
As a former undercover policeman James Bannon knows how to act as though his life depended on it. Here he talks with Dan Lentell about his one man show Running With The Firm, based on the book of the same name.
Dan Lentell talks to Baron Hattersley of Sparkbrook about his most recent publication The Dukes of Devonshire as well his views on 2014, life in the House of Lords and above all the possibility of Buster’s Diaries making a long overdue Fringe debut.
Sir Timothy O’Shea has been Principal and Vice Chancellor of Edinburgh University since 2002 and is chair of the Fringe. Dan Lentell speaks to him about the cross currents between Sir Tim’s roles as an educator and custodian of many of the Fringe’s most familiar venues.
Bryony Kimmings, and her niece, Taylor, present a unique, challenge, potent and relevant piece of theatre in Credible, Likeable Superstar Rolemodel – enough to earn them one of our coveted Outstanding Theatre Awards – the famous FringeReview teapot. Here the big teapot winner and the smaller teapot winner talk to us about making the show and its impact on them and on their growing audience.
Shawn Hitchins, proud ginger, and fine stand-up storyteller talks to Paul Levy about Ginger Nation, his story of being a sperm doner to a lesbian couple. Shawn talks about how the show was created and how it has developed during his Fringe run in Edinburgh.
Bedtime Solos, by Jakob Holder, is directed by Bob Paisley and features Amy Kelly and Jordan Fox. Here Bob, from Central Standard Theatre, based in Kansas City, who has directed many other works by Holder (described by Edward Albee as “a gifted and provocative young playwright”, talks about this very unique piece of new writing.
A Brief History of Beer is a new show from The Wish Experience. Perfomers William Glenn and Trish Perry talk about the Free Fringe and the creation of a comedy show, through a lot of hands-on and hands-off research.
Natural Shocks have brought an entire venue and a suite of shows to the Edinburgh Fringe this year – a unique venue that invites you to “Pick a booth and peep…” into their work. Here we chat to Donnacadh O’Briain, Director & producer of PEEPand also writer in residence and author of several plays in the venue, Kefi Chadwick,
Interview with Richard Hills-Ingyon and Gaelle Stark-Ordish
Dan Lentell talks with Richard Hills-Ingyon and Gaelle Stark-Ordish of For theTrumpets Shall Sound (and is joined unexpectedly by their colleagues Samuel Morgan, Kayleigh Hawkins and Bill Rose). The story of finding love and support in the most hostile of environments.
George Evans and Jesse Fox from Engineer Theatre talk to Kate Saffin about their verbatim theatre production, Missing. We hear about the research process and how mountains of material were distilled into a fine piece of theatre.
Interview with Anh Chu, Julie Cheung-Inhin and Siu-See Hung
Dan Lentell catches up with the cast of Something There That’s Missing the lyrical play featuring panda heads and puppets chronicling a struggling young artist’s effort to compose herself and a script.
Daniel Cainer has been performing his blend of story telling and singing for quite a few years at the Fringe. We finally managed to track him down for a wonderful chat about making his wonderful brand of entertainment, and why he comes back year after year. This year it is called Schtick and Spiel.
Dan Lentell talks with the dynamic duo behindSingle Married Girl, the adaptation of Laurel Spears’ blog www.singlemarriedgirl.com, which follows the antics of a Chicago native who, finding herself at the crossroads of a dead-end marriage and major identity crisis, decides to take herself on a date…and see what happens next.
Following a hectic day at ‘Meet the Media’ Dan Lentell has an off-the-cuff chat with the director of Killing Roger as well as a genuine Fringe legend who’s Pick of the Fringe has been informing audiences since the early ’90s.
Lifelong politico and respected pundit Steve Richards has returned to Edinburgh with a second outing of his Rock ‘n’ Roll Politics. Here he talks with Dan Lentell about happenings at Holyrood and Westminster as well as the up and downs of the greasy pole climbers in both parliaments.
One of the hardest working people at this year’s Fringe, Patrick Collier is the producer of both The Fantasist and The Little Soldiers. Here he talks with Edinburgh Editor Dan Lentell about the shows as well as sharing his views on life, the Fringe and everything.
FringeReview doesn’t give out many of its legendary Outstanding Theatre Awards. Yet it was an easy decision to award Theatre Ad Infinitum with an award for Translunar Paradise in 2011. Their current production, Ballad of the Burning Star is a very different piece. Here Paul Levy talks to writer and performer Nir Paldi about this unique work, a “story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love.”
P & P Theatre bring Grated Expectations to the Edinburgh Fringe. Here, writers Brian Portsmouth and Sofia Price talk about the play, “An original new comedy based on a man’s obsession with one of the greatest British novelists of all time.” They also talk about the process of co-authoring.
FringeReview gave an Outstanding Theatre Award for Theatre Movement Bazaar‘s Anton’s Uncles at the Fringe in 2011. Here writer Richard Alger, and choreographer Tina Kronis, (both founders of the company) talk about the realisation of Track 3, a new physical theatre work inspired by Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, brought to the Fringe in collaboration with Greenwich Theatre.
Puppeteer-performers, and children’s theatre makers, Roddy Peters and Anna Wheatley from Tucked In Productions have collaborated with Greenwich Theatre to bring two shows to the Fringe – The Golden Cowpat and Sam Rose in the Shadows. Here they talk about their work and their belief that puppets are real.
Alarum Theatre, writer, director and performer, Kate Saffin talks to us about her newest play, Finding Libby. Kate talks about living on, and setting a play on a canal boat, and the process of play writing.
Two of cricket’s most famous voices descend from the commentary box to talk with Dan Lentell to discuss Blofeld and Baxter, the show which perfectly captures the irreverent spirit of their very special bromance.
Safe comes to the Edinburgh Fringe from the pen of writer, Penny Jackson, working with Director/Developer Joan Kane from Ego Actus. Offering fascinating insight into the relationship between writer and director, Paul Levy finds out how a novelist becomes a willing writer of plays!
Yael Karavan (Karavan Ensemble) and Tanya Khabarova (Derevo), a unique collaboration, whose show at Summerhall,Somnambules and the 7 Deadly Sins, invites us “on an epic voyage into the mysteries of what we are made of, transporting us through archetypes, icons and the ancestors within us”. Paul Levy talks them about that, about light, and much more…
Winner: 2013 Les Enfants Terribles Award, PIT Theatre bring this comedy, Kubrick3, to the Edinburgh Fringe after successful reviews in London. Director, David Byrne (also Artistic Director of the company) talks to us about PIT’s unique approach to theatre.
We last interviewed Ross when he was directing Private Lives at the Grand Hotel in Brighton for Something Witty. Here he chats to Paul Levy about bringing Ed Harris’s absurdist comedy,The Cow Play with new company Smoke and Oakem. (Watch a teaser here). A revealing conversation about directing new work and a young company.
We are introducing a new and extra rating for a small selection of our reviewed shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.
This is called the “Must See Show” rating and our reviewers can nominated a small number of shows for this extra category.
A “Must See Show” stamp is added to the end of the chosen review.
A “Must See Show ” label can be applied to a show of any of FringeReview’s rated shows.
To remind you, we only publish shows of RECOMMENDED, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED or OUTSTANDING quality, and offer private feedback to companies at a less than RECOMMENDED level.
We do this in our chosen role as the ‘Good Fringe Guide’ – seeking out quality work and sharing that with our readers.
The rationale behind the new “MUST SEE SHOW” label is to flag up work of any rating that our review team feels is exciting or interesting in some way. Some work may need improvement, may have flaws but will still represent something potentially ground breaking, bold and a different.
Our “MUST SEE SHOW” rating will help to point that work out and celebrate that boldness. Not all experiments in theatre succeed first time, but the spirit of experimentation and creativity can make for compelling work.
Dan Lentell (Editor, Edinburgh)
Paul Levy (Publisher and Chief Editor)
You can listen to our announcement of must see shows below.
Week 1 One Must-See Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013